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Grifone Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.grifonerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 490-7275
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave.
  • Public Transit: Grand Central Terminal
  • Parking: No
A word from Grifone
Taking its name from the mythological lion-headed, eagle-winged monster—Grifone's statues and paintings inside depict the restaurant's namesake—this cozy Northern Italian restaurant flies below the radar. It is all about sauces, with many dishes reflecting the restaurant's regional roots with wine or butter-and-lemon sauces. A thin glaze of seasoned white wine sauce adds a sharply intense flavor to the large slabs of swordfish, while the tomato and cream sauces do more than just complement the various pastas, they add a finely calibrated sweetness. — David S. Hirschman (nymag.com)Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Peaceful, quiet oasis amidst the bustle and noise of the City. Wonderful place for relaxing conversation while enjoying fabulous food and wine."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Decor is a bit dated and needs sprucing up, but the food continues to be excellent."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I haven't been to Grifone for a while but I won't be waiting too long to go again. Excellent food with a huge menu. This has become a rarity lately with Italian restaurants in the city. I'm amazed at how many top rated 'New" Italians have such tiny menus. I've even seen some with no veal on the menu! Give Grifone a try. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Whenever my husband and I visit the Big Apple, Grifone is our first stop. The food is consistently top notch, the ambiance is quiet and soothing, and the service (particularly Mario) is incredibly welcoming and personable. It is an ideal restaurant for a romantic night out. You can hear each other talk and everything on the menu is cooked to perfection. Arrivederci!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "we reviewed this restaurant thru open table and zagat. when we arrived on a saturday night in ny and there were about 5 tables occupied and the restaurant smelled of mold and or fish we realized that we had a HUGE mistake. wine by the glass was mixed with last nights, if that, and a new bottle making it not very tasty. my entree which was pappadelle with cream sauce and spinach arrived with peas and bacon. it was returned to me with the spinach very very hot, so it had been microwaved. my husband's seafood over pasta was not very fresh. not a good choice at all. maitre d was busy chatting with friends and could not be too bothered to try to make this disaster right. so many great restaurant choices in ny this is for sure not one of them!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "if you are looking for old school classic NYC italian go here! My husband has been doing neihborhood Italian since a child growing up there and we always seek it out. Overlooked gem near to so many places! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was a great restaurant a real gem in NYC , the food and service was great. There is four steps to climb to get into the restaurant which isn't great for handicap people. But its know my new place too hang out"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "It's nice to know that the best Caesar salad AND best veal dishes AND best pasta in NYC are all under one roof in a beautiful townhouse restaurant. The owner, Mario, is charming."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Great restaurant!! Nice menu selections, great food, great service, great ambiance."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our first trip to Grifone. We were really delighted we came. Wonderful food with great prices for NYC. Authentic Italian cuisine prepared and presented with loving care. Good location for Theater."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Completely overrated. Wouldn't go back. Decor was horrible, food average, prices too high. Service was good. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I went to Grifone for the first time the other night. They greeted as if we were regulars. Wonderful Italian menu, very good food, excellant service. But as good as the food is the experience, just a very pleasant experience. I hope to go back many time."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I was looking for a place to have a quiet business lunch. As you walk in, there is a strong smell of mildew masked by air freshener - not a good sign. It's time to clean and renovate. Service is good and attentive. The food was good, I would say average. The price on the other hand was outrageous. For two dishes of pasta, two salads and one bottled water over $150!! For two. Not recommended."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Grifone was recommended by a friend. Boy, do I owe her one! Intimate dining, attentive service, the owner even stopped by to make sure everything was satisfactory. Good variety of dishes - more that just a 'pasta place'. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Like the old time atmoshere"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Once again Grifone was a great choice for a special evening. Service was impeccable and friendly in a comfortable place. It just feels right and that adds so much. We go early so there is never any rush."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Everything from the food to the servcie was excellent. The wine list was reasonably priced. We look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good spot to escape to in mid-town. Staff is very accommodating and the experience overall was wonderful. Good for groups. Team at Grifone handled our group of 8 with ease. Gorgeous seafood options at this gem. Would return again."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We were looking for a restaurant close to our hotel and came across this restaurant on YELP. The reviews were mostly positive. We found the reviews to be spot on and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. My only complaint might be that we seemed to be a bit rushed even though the restaurant was not crowded. Our waiter and the entire wait staff were very professional and courteous. For dinner, we had the hot antipasti, main course salmon and veal parmagiane. We also ask the waiter for a pasta side dish that was outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to a friend."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We always make a point to dine at Grifone whenever we are in New York. The experience never disappoints. The food is consistently great, along with the service. The menu is extensive and always makes decisions difficult."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very quaint NY restaurant with outstanding authentic Italian food. This is the real deal if you're looking for true NYC dining. No tourists here. And, it's just a few doors down from the Sparks Steakhouse. Do yourself a favor and give it a try."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Old time decor and reliable renditions of standards. Unfortunately typical midtown markups on average wines."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Needed a non-steak place for lunch near a client who works at 42nd & 3rd. This was one of two options that I came up with that I was interested in trying. I believe I selected this place because they had a long list of pastas for $20/plate which provided some safety for my clients sometimes selective tastes. The restaurant is on a relatively quiet side street and I don't think I would notice it if I wasn't looking for it. It's a somewhat long and narrow restaurant. The first impression is of a place that is very private, quiet, reserved and buttoned up. The food is good but neither great nor flashy or special."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Had to meet with a new colleague of mine and needed a classic business lunch setting in the East 40's. Grifone hit the spot. One word to the headwaiter that we were on the clock, and we were in and out in an hour as promised, but never felt rushed by the staff. Lemon sole meunière was classically prepared."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Unfortunately it's been a few years since I've been hear and things have changed. The food was marginal at best and I remember it used to be great. I should have known I was in trouble when my favorite, the dish they were known for (at least by me) was bad. The mozzarella in carroza was horrible. It was deep fried bread and I couldn't taste the cheese. It used to be a delightfully light and gooey treat. I had the pasta special and honestly, I could have done better at home with a Bertolli meal. While the service was good and the atmosphere was nice, I won't be back."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "We live not far away and I've walked by Grifone many times but for some reason we had not tried it. Well, we've been missing out - we loved it! The food is great (hearty portions of traditional Italian dishes), with old-fashioned professional wait staff. No aspiring actors & actresses here. It's the ideal place to get cozy on a winter's eve. We will definitely go again, and Grifone may very well end up on our NYC restaurant short list of faves."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Pricey but an excellent meal. I would definitely go back. I had the baked clams appetizer, chicken and veal special and a side of spinach that was delicious. Since it was Valentines day we ordered dessert which was this amazing cake of many creeps layered with whipped cream. It was divine. The waiter told us it was from the Lady M bakery."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. We were a table for two, but the placement of the table was next to a column, so it felt like we were out in the middle of the traffic pattern to the back of the restaurant. It was a week night and not too crowded, so not sure why that table. Waiter was incomprehensible between his accent, fast talking and odd habit of looking all around when he was speaking to us. Neither of us could decipher what he was saying. Food was excellent, however. May give it another try."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Quiet little restaurant in the east 40s..food and service both exceptional"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My first time there. I went at the suggestion of a new friend I made on the Metro North. Grifone was everything he said it would be. Classic, old school Italian, with impeccable service. I recommend the trio of pastas appetizer, any kind of veal and baby clams in white wine sauce. Very nice experience. Good for a business dinner or intimate conversation."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is tucked away on 46th street and it fas a grea find. Thr food is wonderful and the service is top notch."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "A great old-school Italian. If you miss the days of real New York Italian food, this is the place for you. Great dishes like melt-in-the-mouth Veal Milanese and creamy Paglia e Fieno can't be beat. The Caesar Salad was cold, crisp and perfect as were the shrimp. We can't wait to try the soups. It's not a trendy "scene" but rather a wonderful slice of Old New York style, delicious Italian dining. If you've never experienced that, get yourself to Grifone."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I've been to Grifone many times over the past 4-5 years. The food and the service are consistently good. It's a good place for a business lunch/dinner as the noise level is low."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Though jumping and chaotic with holiday mini-group activity, this bastion of fine dining still managed to live up to its reputation as one of the area's top Northern Italian spots. Host Mario made the evening thoroughly enjoyable with his warm attention to the table despite the close quarters that were made even tighter with the several ongoing holiday parties. Experienced some of the best cuisine of its kind, including a fine pasta bolognese and a deftly prepared branzino . Wonderfully attentive service that didn't miss a beat. Looking forward to dining there again soon without the crowded tumult."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "On every table, sat vases of dead flowers... The food was very good, but it's hard to taste your meal in those conditions."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Great staff and service. Very helpful in selecting house specialties and with wine recommendation. Extremely professionally run but very personable staff enhances dinning experience."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Midtown location convenient to all the goings on, warm welcome by the manager, food was fantastic, with an interesting menu. Multiple waiters were there within seconds. But one was needlessly officious and put-off by not choosing the most expensive items and drinks; even a few "what evers." Not really appreciated when my final check was $180. But this is NYC - Hey who you lookin' at? I luv NY."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Wait sraff almost as unprofessional as Captain. Will never return."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "On Friday night 7 of us chose to celebrate our Mom's Birthday at Grifone's. Let's just say, we will never return to that restaurant again. I wondered why at 7:45 the restaurant was so empty, now I know! There was no hospitality! Our waiter was NOT welcoming or warm. He was very GRUMPY! He was a head waiter after all he's been there for 40 years! On a bright note, we did get another gentleman that served us dessert and coffee who actually took very good care of us! We did (I don't know why) give our waiters a very good tip of $105. and as he picked it up he actually walked away counting it in front of us!!!! Not cool!!!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I should of turned around when we entered the restaurant and there was an "off" smell to the place. The waiter tried to rush us in to ordering drinks without a wine list and being told that wines by the glass were only in his head. We started with the Caesar salad recommended by another reviewer, it was overdressed and tired. Our main courses were OK, better than the salad, not saying much. We had rotating wait staff. When we finally got the bill and wanted it spit ⅓ and ⅔, the charges were wrong (no where near a correct split) and charged to the wrong cards. When we tried to get the attention of a waiter to fix the problem we were told that he "didn't touch" that sort of thing."
    Dined on 11/12/2013